Welcome to The Manchester College.
We are here to support you on your journey to an amazing career. So as well as all the award-winning support you’ll get from Careers and Welfare, and the Support Teams, we are ALSO giving you the chance to apply for an amazing finance package, Study Programme Award (SPA).
If you meet eligibility criteria you may be supported with the following:
GETTING TO COLLEGE
Depending on your individual course timetable you can apply for:
A System One travel card for the first 4 weeks. Once we have confirmed your attendance is 85% or over, we will pay you:
- A cash payment equivalent to a one-day pass at for each day in college for term one
- A cash payment equivalent to a two-day pass at for each day in college for term two
- For term three you will receive a 3-month System One travel pass
EATING AT COLLEGE
We will continue to support you to buy lunches for when you are on site and home study. You will receive £2.50 loaded onto your ID card for the day/s in college, and additional payments when studying at home will be paid into your bank account. All payments made will be to a maximum of £7.50 per week.
In addition, we will provide FREE TEA AND TOAST to students who are in college from 8.45am to 9.45. This will be a limited service and social distancing measures will apply. You will need to show your ID.
EQUIPMENT TO COMPLETE YOUR COURSE AND PROGRESS
We understand that learning remotely can be difficult if you don’t have the equipment. During enrolment, we will ask you if you have access to any equipment at home. If not, you may be able to apply for a laptop, iPad or data for internet connection.
Before we can provide any equipment, you will be expected to sign the college Acceptable Use of IT policy and the college IT agreement form.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT BURSARY
We understand that some students may need some extra support while studying. If eligible you may receive an award up to £1,200 per year. This will be over 6 payments, depending on the award. The Additional Support Bursary is based on a financial assessment and is not guaranteed.
KITS AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS
For those of you studying courses such as Hair and Beauty, Catering etc. we can provide support up to a maximum of £75 depending on the course requirements.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?
When making an application for the SPA we will ask for some personal details, such as household income and welfare benefit income. It’s one single process to apply for the awards and you will be notified by text or email if you are eligible for support
Bank accounts – essential
We can only make cash payments into a valid UK bank account. You will be required to provide details of your bank account. You will be providing these details securely to protect your information. This will be part of the SPA processing. If you are asked to provide any sensitive information, this must be sent using your student email and can only be sent to the bursary team email address (see below).
Your student ID number and .firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com)
Having a bank account is vital for the college to be able to pay any awards. If you do not have a bank account you can visit for information on bank accounts at Money.com and Moneysupermarket.com
ALL FUNDING IS BASED ON YOUR CONTINUED ATTENDANCE OF A MINIMUM 87%
- Apply via your main reception
- All funding is subject to change
Funding is subject to income, residency/settled status conditions